Ms Halima Aden received applause when during the swimsuit segment of the Miss Minnesota pageant she took to the stage in a blue burkini and golden headscarf, Us Magazine reported.
The 19 year old Ms Aden is a freshman at St. Cloud State University. She is an American of Somali heritage. Ms Aden is quoted to say, “I feel like I’m here to bust those misconceptions and stereotypes of Muslim women…that’s made me so proud to be a part of this…Just give it a try. You might not win, but maybe the fifth, sixth girl will win. Don’t let anything get in the way…This pageant is so much more than just beauty”
Halima Aden starts off Miss Minnesota USA’s swimsuit segment to big cheers from the crowd. Announcer: “She’s making history tonight.” pic.twitter.com/OUvbHv6xct
— Liz Sawyer (@ByLizSawyer) November 27, 2016
Congratulations Ms Aden!